Job Title: Legal Officer, P3
Department/ Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 14 August 2013-13 October 2013
Job Opening number: 13-LEG-OLA-29539-R-NEW YORK (R)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Codification Division, Office of Legal Affairs. The incumbent will report to the Director of the Codification Division, the Deputy Director and the Principal Legal Officer or, at times, the Senior Legal Officer.
The Legal Officer is responsible for the following duties:
- Research and studies on various legal topics in international law as requested by the General Assembly or its subsidiary legal bodies;
- Participation in the substantive servicing of meetings of the Sixth Committee and other subsidiary bodies and conferences of the General Assembly concerned with the codification and progressive development of international law which includes preparation of papers to be considered by these bodies, preparation of factual or procedural material to these bodies, the drafting of summaries of the main trends emerging from discussions by these bodies and the editing of reports and other texts arising from meetings of these bodies;
- Participation in the preparation of the publications entrusted to the Division such as the UN Juridical Yearbook, the Legislative Series and the Reports on Arbitral Awards;
- Assistance in other duties in the Division such as the preparation of official letters to Governments, international organizations and individuals and of inter-office memoranda including completion of administrative and budgetary forms;
- Assisting in the performance of administrative and other duties as may be required, including participating in the planning and implementation of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law.
Professionalism - Theoretical knowledge of international law and instruments; demonstrated ability in the practical application of legal principles, concepts and policy to a range of legal work and issues, mainly in the area of public international law, necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities required by the position; analytical skills and ability to conduct legal research on a range of relatively complex and intricate international law issues; proficiency in legal writing and ability to prepare legal briefs and studies on a variety of legal issues and instruments; demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment in the context of assignments given; and proficient in computer skills and, in particular, use of relevant software applications and information databases, Internet/Intranet services, library sources, etc; communication (spoken and written) skills. Familiarity with United Nations activities. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning and organization - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in law with emphasis in public international law at the national or international level is required. Experience in drafting international law background papers, with emphasis on the progressive development of international law and its codification is required. Experience with an international organization is desirable. Experience in teaching or lecturing on subjects of international law and in organizing courses or seminars is also desirable. Experience in publishing articles, including through the electronic medium, or contributions as a speaker to workshops on topics of international public law are desirable.
Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a competency-based interview.
- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.
United Nations Considerations
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